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2:50 PM ET, May 4, 2008

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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Roy Bostock, Chairman of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company issued the following statement today in response to Microsoft Corporation's announcement that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo!:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Leaving Las Yahoo: Microsoft's $5 Billion Mistake?  —  If Microsoft's walkaway from the Yahoo deal is indeed a ploy to save $5 billion, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have proven himself pennywise and pound foolish.  He was prepared to spend billions to finally make Microsoft a serious rival to Google.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Yahoo!  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc.  —  Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO).
The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Mike Arrington, Doc Searls, Dan Farber, Dana Gardner, Robert Anderson, and Robert Scoble - turn off the lights on the Microsoft/Yahoo deal?  Recorded Saturday, May 3, 2008.  —  This entry was posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 8:44 pm and is filed under Gillmor Gang.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
OK, so what's Microsoft's plan B?  —  With Yahoo apparently off the table, it's time to see what Microsoft's back-up plan looks like.  —  Microsoft has said for some time that it has a strategy with or without Yahoo, but it's a strategy clearly in need of a jump-start.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Odd Couple Meetings Led Nowhere  —  After today's events, I guess you could say Yahoo and Microsoft tried, holding a series of meetings about a possible takeover that ended up proving exactly how incompatible the companies were.  —  Kind of like Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, but not funny in any way at all.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Offer After Attempt to Bridge Gap in Price  —  Microsoft Corp. said it abandoned its offer for Yahoo Inc., as the two companies failed to bridge a gap between them on price.  —  Microsoft Saturday released a letter from Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Report: A peek behind the Yahoo-Microsoft meltdown  —  Curious how Microsoft's multi-multi-multi-billion dollar buyout bid for Yahoo sputtered, then crashed?  —  Kara Swisher's BoomTown column in All Things Digital has an interesting account of the missteps, sidesteps …
DealBook:
Guessing Yahoo's Opening Stock Price
Yi-Wyn Yen / Fortune:
Blame it on Google  —  Microsoft CEO Ballmer said the software …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and CNNMoney.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario: I'm From Google and I'm Here to Help!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 overview and video  —  After giving the new IdeaPad U110 its 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera, we got down to business.  The 11.1-inch ultraportable is built like a tank — a really, really lightweight tank.  The uniquely-designed lid and (overly) …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 unboxing and hands-on
Discussion: Tech Blog
Daniel Cochlin / Daily Mail:
Robobug goes to war: Troops to use electronic insects to spot enemy ‘by end of the year’  —  It may have seemed like just another improbable scene from a Hollywood sci-fi flick - Tom Cruise battling against an army of robotic spiders intent on hunting him down.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Nine Inch Nails Give Away New Single on Facebook  —  In March, the Nine Inch Nails released their album ‘Ghosts’ under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, meaning that it can be shared freely.  The band confirmed that they had uploaded the album themselves to sites like The Pirate Bay, Waffles.fm and What.cd.
Discussion: DSLreports and BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Camera That Wears a Badge  —  THESE days, the police are much less likely to be hiding behind a billboard waiting to nab someone going over the speed limit.  Technology has gone far beyond that.  —  In recent years, local governments have eagerly adopted photo-enforcement technology …
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